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DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

by | Jul 7, 2014 | Creative Inspiration & Projects, DIY, My Dining Room

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DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage LampshadeThis post was created in a partnership with The Home Depot

I made a lamp! I’m no longer a one hit lamp wonder. I found this small fun vintage wine barrel at a flea market for $14. Armed with the challenge to make a lamp inspired by this DIY reclaimed wood lamp, I knew that this wine barrel would be perfect for the job!

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

Isn’t it charming?

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

Here is a supply list:

Lamp socket and cord (mine is a clear cord).
5 inch harp
Small vintage wine barrel (ours is 9 inches tall)
Wire hanging plant basket (14 inch diameter).
Edison Lightbulb

It was so easy. I just drilled a hole in the top of the barrel and pulled the wires up through the convenient existing hole in the back. Then using the instructions on the lamp socket packaging, my husband wired the lamp socket.

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

I’m sure there is a more professional way to secure the socket to the barrel, but because I’m me, I used super glue. So far so good.

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

For a DIY wire lampshade I found this hanging wire plant basket at The Home Depot. We just took the insert out and chains off and turned it upside down! Easy peasy.

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

I had a little black finial to top it off. To secure the shade a little more, I just wrapped some wire around the cage and harp.

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

As a finishing touch, I added an Edison light bulb which looks pretty cool with the cage shade. The glow from the Edison bulb looks beautiful at night.

I think it turned out so cute, don’t you?

I’ll be bringing the lamp to the Home Depot for the Lamps & Lighting DIY Workshop on July 12 from 10:00-11:30AM at The Home Depot store in Bellevue, WA! If you are Seattle local, you can come see it in person :-).

The Home Depot offers free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels who want to learn how to take on more home projects. If you want to sign up for a workshop, you can find one near you and sign up via this link to the DIY Workshops registration page. Use the hashtag #DIYWorkshop to follow along on social media!

DIY Reclaimed Barrel Lamp & Wire Cage Lampshade

See my DIY Bottle Lamp here!

The location and time of The Home Depot I will be at is below:

The Home Depot Store #4711

325 120th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98005

July 12th 10:00-11:30AM

Hope to see some of you there!

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  1. Carol

    Very nice. Have you considered spray painting the brass part black?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I considered all the possibilities but in the end I decided I loved the brass fittings with the Edison bulb inside the rustic-ness of the barrel and the shade. Just for a fun twist! :-)

  2. Faith

    My oh my, Melissa, you are becoming quite the DIYer! Great re-purpose project!

  3. Chloe Crabtree

    At the first picture I was wondering where you found a lampshade with that much ribbing, I guessed you just removed old fabric! HA! I was wrong! You did a great job here! I see so many things I think would make great lamps, I just need to get over my fear of power tools!

  4. Barbara

    This is way cute and the Edison bulb is a great finishing touch. Love the little wine barrel. Nebrr have seen one in SC but I would love to find one. Terrific idea.

  5. joanne

    Hi Melissa,
    What a great lamp so clever and doesn’t everyone use super glue for projects LOL. Great Job. Have a great day.

  6. Michelle

    Great lamp. Perfect in keeping with the rustic appeal and with a few horses nearby it is charming! Love that lamp shade. I am a huge fan of yours.

  7. teresa

    Very creative! pinning for inspiration.

  8. Angie Burke

    So charming! I am now on the look out for a wine barrel. I also equally love the inventive “shade.” So unique.

  9. Rosy@justmyrosylife

    I still have your jar lamp pinned (I’m hoping to do that project soon) and then you go and do another awesome lamp. I’m thinking hard now for places I could put a barrel lamp..Thank you for the continued inspiration!

  10. Natalie

    How clever are you! That looks so charming.

  11. karen on bainbridge island

    I like it!

  12. Tim D

    Great piece.. Only thing I would have done differently would have been to Bronze or “age” the shiney brass.
    Barrel is rustic. Re-invented shade has a rustic feel and the electrical side has a “fresh from the Home Depot” look.
    Other than that, Great piece.


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